A Christian testimony of hitchhiking throughout the United States.
Tim Shey's website: www.wallsofjericho.50megs.com. "High Plains Drifter" was written in ten days in January/February 2000; it came to 200 pages in long hand. It took three weeks (and three typewriters) to type the manuscript. Over the next year, 20 plus pages were edited out. In 2004 the typescript was scanned on a computer and put on a computer file. The total amount of time to complete the book was probably three months. In August 2008 "High Plains Drifter" was accepted for publication. "High Plains Drifter" was published in December of 2008. The title was taken from a Clint Eastwood film. Luke 9: 23-24. I Corinthians 2: 4-5: "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of men's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."
Reviewer:High Plains Drifter
August 31, 2013 Subject:
High Plains Drifter (Amazon.com)
The Helena Hobo, December 17, 2009
By Mark Twain
"Me and a friend picked up Tim outside Townsend, MT on the way to Bozeman, MT. We gave him a ride to Three Forks. He was a kind, gentle man, with a belief in God that will never be shaken. As an agnostic, I was moved the way this man blindly follows the Lords words throughout the country."
Meeting THE Man, September 13, 2009
By L. Robison (Logan, UT)
"Well, I have not read Tim Shays book yet but I spent about 10 hrs with him Sept 12, 2009. I am ordering the book now and will give the book review soon. I picked Tim up just outside of Montpelier, ID. He was thumbing a ride back to Jackson Hole. I was on the same route, supporting my 15 yr old son in a 206 mile bicycle race from Logan UT to Jackson Hole, Wy. Tim was immediately intrigued by this bike race and he rode the remaining 130 miles with me in my van as we stopped along the way to encourage my son and give him liquids and food. Tim was helpful, concerned and is a very intelligent man and I felt comfortable in his presence, it was a joy to spend the time with him. I queried him a bit about his lifestyle and travels and he responded in a very matter of fact way that showed he is confident about his choices and very much at peace. I could tell he is a faith based individual and knows God will take care of him. I cant wait to read the book and wish we could have spent more time together."
Family, November 28, 2010
"Tim Shey is a cousin of mine that I have never met, but have heard my parents speak very highly of him. I am ordering his book in hopes to get to learn of his travels. I hope to meet him sometime and hear more of his stories.r"
A Hitchhiker Following God, June 3, 2012
By Valora Raziel (California, USA)
"I first heard of Tim Shey through his web site, and then ordered his book from Amazon. (I have yet to ever meet him.) I was curious about what life on the road must be like for a hitchhiker following God. His path that he details in this book, blew all my previous misconceptions about hitchhikers clear out of the water! He receives guidance from the Holy Spirit, through the spiritual gift of knowledge, in what I see as a unique twist to the usual. Some have claimed to hear the voice of God speaking to them and directing them into His Ways, but in Tim's experience, He feels the anointing of the Lord upon him, giving him great peace and joy, thereby letting him know, that he is indeed upon the right path. And what a path it is! Tim shares how the Holy Spirit leads him into intersecting paths of those people that God wants him to meet. Sometimes it's just a simple conversation with another believer, that leads them into a stronger faith in Christ, and other times it is to actually, physically, lend a helping hand to those who (at that moment,) are in desperate need. It shows how the Lord can be trusted to work out even the smallest details in ones life. It also shows how one can live for Christ without all the encumbrances that come with having and getting material stuff. My only disappointment with the book was it's lack of a good solid ending. (I am a 'happily-ever-after' and an 'all-loose-ends-tied-up' kind of reader.) However, I also realize that it simply isn't possible for him to have one yet, as he is still out there, on the road, doing the Will of God. So, in conclusion, if you've ever wondered what it must be like, for a man of God to live the life of a hitchhiker, then this is the book for you. It will open your eyes to a world that few of us have ever experienced..."
High Plains Drifter, January 6, 2012
By Susie Bunyard (Cedarville, CA, US)
"This is a great book. The author stays with us and has truly lived in God's grace. He does not take charity and has passed his belief onto nonbelievers by how he lives his life."
January 15, 2008 Subject:
Why did I read this?
Tedious log of twenty years hitching. There is good info here but....
From the story, "I didn't know what kind of reaction I would get from Kathleen. She shook her head and smiled at me. I kept thinking that this was some sort of miracle. I didn't write to her to tell her I was coming."
Tim, you went to her apartment door without even letting her know you were coming. So you see her on the sidewalk. That's not exactly a miracle. You were in her neighborhood.
Tim, it's twenty years later now and you are still blindly following this "holy ghost" that has you hitching back and forth across the plains. Twenty years. You've called out plenty of others, the church in Jackson for one. But I have seen you at the supper table greedily feeding and then you tell me that you are selfless. Maybe this "holy ghost" isn't as holy as you thought.
Okay Tim which is the key factor here for hitching, the cleanliness or the Lord? From the story, "I like to keep my hair short and my clothes clean. There were times when my clothes did get ragged, but eventually the Lord would provide through another person and I would get another pair of pants or a sweatshirt. The key to hitchhiking is having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He provides for His followers."
Tim, there are treatments for delusional disorder. Get yourself an SSDI check and rent a small apartment in your favorite Montana town. You're not getting any younger.